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HAQIQAT SOUER- THE TRUTH ABOUT SWINE
By:Jawaid Ahmed
Date: Thursday, 26 November 2009, 3:04 pm

Haqiqat Souer, the Truth about Swine
[hum sub umeed say hain]

Religions have endeavoured to create a set of rituals that are seen as important for their followers, Islam is no different. When teachings are there to elevate our behaviour to higher ethical and moral levels, religious Mullahism has sought to keep us in the mire of superstition. Deen is distorted into an alien religious “experience”.

With this in mind I want to address the issue of our dietary laws.

[002:173] He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of God. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For God is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

The traditional translation of this verse has the dietary restrictions placed upon us. But the first few words of this verse are ignored, why? We are told not to eat dead meat, this is forbidden, so any animal we slaughter means they are dead, and immediately become haram for us. This traditional understanding of the Quran means we should only eat “live animals”. This is preposterous, I know, I tried eating a live bat once and it was disgusting.This means we have to re-examine the meaning of “forbidden” and “dead meat”.

6:36 Only those can accept the Truth who hear and listen with an open mind (10:100). The living dead will only hear when God raises them (to use their faculties (2:260), or when God will raise them to the second life. Ultimately, unto Him they be returned.

Dead people are not really “dead” but in a state of loss which can be given “life” by following Divine Revelation. Hence, my new “I have seen the light” understanding of the above dietary laws means not “forbidden to eat dead meat”, but “do not become like dead meat”; useless and lifeless. This is not dietary advice, but an ethical teaching.
As regards the consumption of pork, Allah has said that:-

[005:060] Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from God? those who incurred the curse of God and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!"

People became despised and rejected like we all despise the filthy pig. It mates with whatever is before it, eats the foulest of foods and is quite disgusting. Hence, “forbidden for you to eat swine” now means “do not become pig headed and act like the pig”; not any restriction on its consumption. We are told to act upon the Allah given teachings of the Quran and avoid the baser, animal instincts we all possess, so there IS NO RESTRICTION ON EATING PORK. Anyone for a ham sandwich?

The above was not meant to offend, I mean no disrespect. When literal verses of the Quran are given allegorical (symbolic) meanings, then we lose touch with reality. Truth that is stretched eventually becomes falsehood when the misplaced, intellectual exercise snaps! A reality check is sometimes needed.

I do not believe in fate but when the Brother posted the English translation of Haqiqat Soum, by Qadar Zaman on this website I was in the middle of reading a book called Lost Christianities. In this book there is mentioned “The Epistle of Barnabus”, written around 135AD by someone who fraudulently put the name of one of the early Christians to this letter, which is found in one of the oldest complete manuscripts of the Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus. This Epistle was not later included in the New Testament we have today, as others were also excluded when previously they had been widely accepted as “inspired” works.

However, one passage from this book has “Barnabus” showing the Jews how they were completely wrong about their dietary laws that were in the Old Testament. He said the LITERAL understanding was completely wrong; God did not intend for the Jews to stop eating pork. Not eating pork means not ACT like them; when pigs are hungry they grunt loudly and when full they keep silent. Similarly, the Jews treated God in the same way by loud petitions when they needed Him but ignored Him when they were not in need. [There is also mentioned about not “breeding like rabbits”, instead of forbidding their consumption, but I will not go there!].

Barnabus said that the laws of God are meant to induce ethical behaviour and have been completely misunderstood by taking them literally. Déj Vu, Dr Qamar, Akhtar Sheraz, Saum; to fast or not to fast, that is the question? To eat pork or not to eat pork, where will we stop or will we continually try to keep re-inventing the wheel?

Maybe I have not underdstood the Suam issue as fully as some others, but unless i see some real evidence, i will side on the side of caution and fast. Other notable personalities may well have not fasted, but they may have seen that fasting was not compulsary for them, and not that it was not required at all.

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HAQIQAT SOUER- THE TRUTH ABOUT SWINE
Jawaid Ahmed -- Thursday, 26 November 2009, 3:04 pm
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Dr. Shabbir -- Thursday, 26 November 2009, 10:59 pm
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Jawaid Ahmed -- Friday, 27 November 2009, 8:13 am
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Courtney -- Friday, 27 November 2009, 11:49 pm
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Dr. Shabbir -- Saturday, 28 November 2009, 12:41 am
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Abby Starri -- Friday, 27 November 2009, 6:13 am
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Muhammad Rafi -- Friday, 27 November 2009, 6:37 am
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Jawaid Ahmed -- Monday, 30 November 2009, 8:50 am
Did God give us green light to eat everything?
Zubair -- Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 4:58 am
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Dr. Shabbir -- Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 8:48 am
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Jawaid Ahmed -- Wednesday, 2 December 2009, 8:48 am